Sunday Whatever

It’s probably about time for me to admit that I haven’ the faintest idea what I’m doing with this blog.  After over three years, one would have thought that I would have settled into some sort of happy little groove, but I haven’t really.  If anything, this is all going backwards – and much I should probably blame poor writing for this, the little graphic at the top-right of this.. Read More

Sunday Whatever

I usually do these things when I’ve nothing else to do and want to keep my brain in some sort of gear.  This time, I’m doing it because I’ve got a pile of stuff on the go and I want to slow the grey matter down a bit, giving myself time to sit down and properly listen to the things I’ve already posted on rather than moving onto the next.. Read More

The Jeffrey Lee Pierce Sessions Project – The Journey Is Long

How weird.  I could have sworn that I had done something about this record’s predecessor back in the day, but then I noticed that We Are Only Riders appeared back in 2009, just before this blog started.  How time flies when you’re having fun, eh? Ah well, better give a bit of background, then.  The JLP Sessions Project was put together by one Cypress Grove,  former Gun Club frontman Jeffrey.. Read More

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan – Manchester Cathedral, 14/07/2011

I’ve been to some odd locations for gigs lately.  A field with a massive radio-telescope in it, a patio-ed room with a metal staircase in the middle of the dance floor, an art gallery beside the sea and a chapel. And now, a full-on Cathedral.  In as much as Cathedrals can be full-on.  I’m not very religious, I have no idea how the terminology is supposed to work.   It’s.. Read More

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Shepherd’s Bush Empire 15/02/2011

Jaunts to our nation’s capital are not something I look forward to, in all honesty.  Due to a largely crap transport infrastructure (thanks, Dr. Beeching!) getting there and especially home again takes the organisation of a military campaign.  Sadly in my case, the campaign in question whenever I try to organise such a beano is the Charge of the Light Brigade. Still, these affairs are more than just popping down.. Read More

End of Year Doings, Part 3

Yes, quite. Just realised that in doing a top 35 (which isn’t exactly 35 anyway), splitting it into chunks of ten will eventually offend some law of mathematics or other.  Whoops. Undeterred by this, the last five(ish!) will be individually added daily next week from Monday – although as I’m attempting a jaunt off down to the South Coast on Wednesday for three days this might get delayed a bit.. Read More

End Of Year Doings, Part 1

I hate end of year lists. Usually, it’s because the ones I read usually either are full of bands and records that I’ve never heard  of and therefore make me feel old, or they’re full of bands and records that I have heard of but are in what I believe to be the wrong order. And this year I get to hate them even more because I get to write.. Read More

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk

Been a busy last couple of days, and thanks to a popular purveyor of musical items happy enough to take pre-orders weeks in advance and then not being quite so on the ball when it comes to posting, this arrived about half an hour before I set off down to London to see one half of this partnership play a sublime gig (see previous entry) and, as happenstance would have.. Read More